Four years ago Ellis Holtom, of Stratford-upon-Avon, was born with half a working heart. Later, the Herald featured his condition as a tribute to the work of Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he was treated. Now, to mark Congenital Heart Defect Week his mum, Vicki, updates his story. . .
ALL 326 local planning authorities in England, councils like Stratford-on-Avon District, need a local plan. The core strategy is a component of that local plan. It contains all the local district wide policies that need to be considered when processing planning applications. New development needs to satisfy local needs, helping to realise the hopes and ambitions of its communities and protect them from situations they fear. New homes and places to work should provide then with a healthy lifestyle, a pleasant place to live, good recreational facilities and above all the infrastructure that enhances their quality of life. The buzzword to describe this is ‘sustainable’.
THE poor are paying more than they should be for their energy, according to damning new evidence from Stratford-upon-Avon’s Citizens Advice Bureau. Prepayment meters (PPMs) are costing users in fuel poverty a “disproportionate amount” for what little gas and electricity they can afford, the bureau has found. There are around 7.2 million people on prepayment meters in the UK and several thousand in the district of Stratford. Despite Stratford’s reputation as an affluent area, the bureau is being forced to come to the aid of more and more people living in fuel poverty on an increasingly regular basis.
AN OFFICIAL paving stone commemorating Stratford-upon-Avon’s forgotten war hero for the 100th anniversary of the First World War will be placed in the town, the government has confirmed. Rex Warneford – the first man to single-handedly shoot down a zeppelin - was ignored in the government’s initial plans to recognise Victoria Cross winners because he was born abroad in India. The Herald launched a campaign, together with King Edward VI school, where Rex lived and studied for five years, to get the fighter pilot recognised.
THREE red flood warnings have been issued in South Warwickshire this morning after last night’s heavy rain.
Two warnings for the River Stour were issued around 5am, one for Shipston-on-Stour, and the other for Tredington and Clifford Chambers.
A warning was also issued at 5.20am for the River Dene at Walton.
Red flood warnings from the Environment Agency mean flooding is imminent and immediate action is required.
There was 10 millimetres of rain in South Warwickshire between 11pm and 5am, causing river levels to rise.
An amber flood alert was issued for the River Stour last night, but this was upgraded to a red flood warning this morning.
With more rain expected later today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday), flooding is expected to continue and this weekend’s sports schedule will be affected.
Severn Trent say they are ready to deal with the ‘inevitable’ flash flooding in South Warwickshire this weekend.
Waste Water Manager Richard Rogers said: “We’ve already got plenty of staff on the phones in our call centre and lots of teams available out and about across the region to deal with flooding issues.
“We’re also out and about keeping an eye on those areas with a high risk of flooding.
“Unfortunately, in stormy weather, the drains and sewers often have significantly more water flowing through them.
“When we get a lot of rain in one go, it has a hard time sinking into the ground; so it just runs off the surface and goes directly into drains and sewers.”
Richard told residents only to call Severn Trent on 0800 783 4444 if sewage is escaping .
“If it’s just rainwater, the flooding should subside when it stops raining, although it can take up to four hours for water to drain away, so be patient,” he said.
“If you’re concerned about flooding from drains and gullies in the road, you should call the local council.”
West Midlands Ambulance Service have also issued a warning ahead of this weekend.
Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Craig Cooke, said: “Stay away from flood control channels, rivers, streams and other waterways at this time. We would also advise motorists to exercise extreme caution and not attempt driving through flooded roads.
“Not heeding the many safety warnings puts lives at risk, including ambulance staff and other emergency service personnel called to provide a service in these most challenging of conditions.”
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